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Jan 11, 2007 10:56 PM

What's your perfect ingredient?

You know, the one that seems to end up in 70% of what you cook, whether it's called for or not?

The one that you always can make something out of in a fix?

Mine: Anchovies

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      1. Cardamom; I use in rice, meat dishes, and sweets.

          1. re: tomato

            I so agree with shallots. I have had too many overgarlicked dishes so I always substitute shallots and have yummy results.

            Also red pepper flakes in veggies.

            1. re: himbeer

              Shallots are my new onion, all the flavor with less of the onion-y taste and NO crunch.

              1. re: himbeer

                Me too. I love garlic, but day to day in simple veg. dishes --> sauteed kale, broiled asparagus etc., or in vinegarette, it's the perfect thing.

                Interesting that the red pepper flakes come up, because I always seem to forget about them, but then when I remember to use them I love them and don't know why they faded away from my staples. Thanks for reminding me!

              1. re: jenniebnyc

                I agree: give me an onion and I can cook something good.

                1. re: pikawicca

                  I'll be a hearty third. Get an onion out of the basket, boil some water, and then decide what dinner's going to be.

                  1. re: Pei

                    I've got to have onion and garlic. What's for dinner? I don't know but while I am deciding peel me an onion.

                    1. re: Candy

                      Haha! That's me in a nutshell too.